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Executive Management Committee

Our club governance structure is characterised by a number of working committees, reporting to the Executive Management Committee. 

The Executive Management Committee is made up of the Club President, the chairs of each of various sub-committees, plus the Honorary Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Club Captain, Leinster Branch Representative, and Club Disciplinary Officer & Legal Counsel. 

This committee is responsible for the strategic and operational running of the club and is chaired by the Honorary Secretary.


Shirley Corcoran - President

Shirley CorcoranShirley is a former Leinster interprovincial & AIL League player, collecting two AIL titles, three All Ireland Cups, a Leinster League, Leinster Cup and an Interprovincial Championship medals along the way.  

Shirley is the first female President in Railway's history and has overall responsibility for the running of the club.  Shirley has previously been Director of Women’s Rugby, where she led the establishment of women’s and girl’s rugby at Railway.    

Outside of rugby, Shirley has played many sports including soccer, gaelic football and basketball and brings these experiences to her role as Director of Women’s Rugby.  Shirley works for KBC Bank.


Alan Horgan - Honorary Secretary

Alan is our Honorary Secretary and has overall responsibility for the day to day business and administration of the club.  Alan chairs both the Executive Management Committee and the Finance & Administration Committee.  Alan joined Railway Union in 2004 and is still a playing member of the club. Alan’s former clubs include Monkstown RFC and Waterpark RFC.

Outside of Railway, Alan is an Associate Director with Warren Private Clients. His interests include business, tag rugby, travelling and skiing.


Francis Roche - Head of Fundraising

Francis is Head of Fundraising, having previously been President.  Francis joined Railway in 2001 where he developed, captained and managed the successful Railway Union RFC 3rd XV team in 2002-2004.  This team provided an opportunity for players who were learning rugby for the first time to experience the game and enjoy the social life in a club like Railway.

Francis had worked on the fundraising for the club over the past number of years before taking on the role of President.  Outside of the club, Francis runs Marathon Sports Travel, one of Ireland leading sports travel companies.

Paul Davey - Honorary Treasurer

Paul was appointed treasurer for the 2013/14 season and his responsibilities include cash flow management, financial planning and advising the Executive Management Committee on financial matters.  From Sligo and a late arrival to the rugby world, Paul has a running, GAA and soccer background with former clubs including St Johns (Sligo), PSO FC (Sligo), Sligo AC, Sydney Striders AC and Crusaders AC.

Paul works for IBM and enjoys watching rugby, supporting Sligo Rovers, tag rugby, running and film making.


Daire Fitzgerald - Club Captain

Daire is in his second year of captaincy and is the captain for all players in the club.  He is responsible for the off-field performances of players and for representing their views at the Executive Management Committee, to the Director of Rugby and club coaches, as well as promoting their interests in the development and direction of the club.  In addition, Daire is also the Men’s 1st XV captain, responsible for on-field performance, decision making and team leadership. 

Hailing from West Clare, Daire’s former clubs include Bandon RFC, UCC RFC, Highfield RFC and Bective Rangers RFC.  Daire has also represented Leinster at junior level, Munster and Ireland at U18 level, and nine seasons of senior AIL rugby experience.  Daire first represented Railway in 2008/2009 season before joining Bective for three seasons. He returned to Railway for the 2012/13 season and had a key role in the 1st XV Leinster league win.


John Cronin - Director Of Rugby

John Cronin

John has been Director of Rugby since August 2011 and has overall responsibility for all rugby-related matters at Railway Union RFC, including the club vision, strategic planning and direction, rugby operations, and the recruitment, development and management of players and coaches at the club.   In that time, he has led the growth of rugby at Railway from one team to seven senior sides, the installation of match-standard floodlights, the development of age-grade, the capture of sixteen trophies in two seasons, and the development of Railway members to become Irish internationals and Leinster interprovincials.  

John joined Railway Union in 1997 and was 1st XV captain for a number of years.  A Limerick man, John’s former clubs include Thomond RFC, Sligo RFC and the University of Limerick RFC.  

Outside of Railway, John works with PricewaterhouseCoopers, is interested in politics, business and reading, and enjoys tag rugby, skiing and surfing, sits on the board of the World Sports Team, a global sports charitable organisation and is a member of Sport For Business, a community of sports and business leaders.


Alison Nolan - Director Of Age-Grade Rugby

Ali is Director of Age-Grade Rugby, having previously been Head of Girls Rugby. 

Ali began playing rugby when she joined NUIG's women's rugby team during her first year at the college and had a number of successful years with the team, reaching the intervarsity finals in 2010 and the Connacht League Final for three consecutive years, capturing the title in 2009.  During her time at the college, Alison was heavily involved in the administration and organisation of the club and took up the position of Honorary Secretary for the 2010/11 season, as well as being installed as the captain of the women's section for that same period.  

Ali is a masters student at UCD, also finds time to coach the Girls U15s and is a long-suffering Clare GAA fan.


Professor John Ryan - Head of Player Welfare

John is Head of Player Welfare and is responsible the development and oversight of Player Welfare at Railway. In addition to this role, John is easily recognisable as the Leinster Rugby team doctor, is the regular match day doctor for the Irish national teams, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

John is a former club captain, vice-president and life-long member of the club. 



Kirstin Smith - Head of PR and Marketing

Kirstin is Railway’s Head of PR and Marketing with responsibility for raising the profile of the club in the community through information, publicity and promotion. When not sweet talking journalists into using her press releases, she can be found keeping the club website and social media up to-date.  Her favourite Railway activity is the annual charity carol-singing, where she takes on choir-mistress duties and get to boss everyone around.

Kirstin was awarded Leinster Rugby’s ‘P.R.O. of the Year’ in 2013 for "setting the benchmark by consistently promoting Railway to a variety of media with fresh, innovative and interesting content.”  Kirstin works as PR and Marketing executive in the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Whatever spare time she find between this and Railway, she likes to spend playing tag rugby or performing on the stage with various Dublin theatre groups.


Pat McDermott - Club Disciplinary Officer and Legal Counsel

Pat has held the position of Club Disciplinary Officer and Legal Counsel since the 2011/12 season and has responsibility for coordinating all club and game disciplinary matters.

Pat joined Railway Union in 2000 from Longford RFC. Originally from Mayo, Pat is a Solicitor with MacCarthy Johnston Solicitors in Dublin.



Olivia Dalton - Fixtures Secretary

Olivia started her career in Railway Union while undertaking her Neuromuscular Therapy training and where she fulfilled a medical role for the Men’s 3rds.  Since then, she has fulfilled many roles, including team manager for various men’s and women’s sides.  As a Munster girl, her love of rugby started in Limerick with UL Bohemians and can be blamed solely on her father Joe, himself a former President of UL Bohemians.  Olivia managed to maintain this love when she moved to Dublin and joined Railway. 

When not supporting Railway's various teams, she can be found playing tag rugby and at various music venues around the city.

Leon Nangle - Head of Social

Leon is responsible for the social activities of the club, developing and executing the annual social plan, and engendering a club spirit amongst all members.  Leon is also responsible for assembling the Social Committee from members and allocating event management to members.

Outside of Railway, Leon works with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

Cian Greally - Leinster Branch Representative

Cian GreallyCian is Railway's representative on the Leinster Branch.  Cian joined Railway in 2003, captaining multiple teams and winning 2nds player of the year in 2009.  Cian is also player/coach of the Railway Men’s 3rd XV.  Cian learned his rugby in CBC Monkstown playing two years on the senior cup team there. He then went to National College of Ireland setting up the rugby club, which went on to win the Irish Colleges Cup Division 2 inside three years of existence despite playing against much larger colleges and is a former student union president there.

Outside of Railway, Cian works with Telecity Group Ireland, and is interested in politics, current affairs, boxing, Leinster, boot camps and enjoys tag rugby.


Gillian McKenna - Membership Officer

Gill is our Membership Officer and is responsible for the membership management, including registration with IRFU and Railway membership.  

Outside of Railway,  Gill works with Special Olympics Ireland, where she has been responsible for establishing the systems and registering over 2100 athletes and volunteer management teams.